21 great things to do in Thanet this weekend

Photo by Carole Adams

Fingers crossed for plenty of sun for this weekend (June 23-25)

Here’s our round-up of things to do in Thanet


Oasis ball at the Pavilion

Artemis Recruitment is holding the event at the Pavilion in Broadstairs on June 23 at 6.45pm.

Guests will enjoy a three-course meal and live music from Coco. Frank Thorley will host a charity auction and raffle all in support of Oasis and there will be a live band and dancing until 12:30am.

All money raised will aid Oasis domestic abuse service.

Tickets are £350 for a table of 10 or £35 per person.

Book here

Susan Calman at the Theatre Royal

Photo Steve Ullathorne

Stand Up comic, actress and writer Susan Calman, is visiting The Theatre Royal in Margate.  Currently in her tenth year of comedy, she returns with a brand new show-The Calman Before The Storm.

Show starts at 7.30pm.

Full Price £16
FOMT £14

Available here

Wam Bam Club at the Winter Gardens

Burlesque, circus, magic, music and comedy is heading to Margate Winter Gardens in the shape of theWam Bam Club.

Direct from the London’s West End, the show is now on a rare tour.

Described as naughty but classy The Wam Bam Club is one of the longest-running burlesque supper clubs in London.


Full Price £24
FOMT £22.50
Table of 10 £210 (only available from the Box Office – 01843 292795)

Booking fees – 50p per ticket in person/phone. £1.50 per ticket online

Margate Winter Gardens


Wind Turbines: What? Why? How?

Photo London Array

Cliffs, 172 Northdown Road, Margate, Every hour 10am to 3pm

“What do wind turbines do all day?” Here’s your chance to find out

Discovery Planet are running an event, generously funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, on The event will give you the chance, not only to learn all about wind power and sustainable energy, but the role of engineering in everyday life and how exciting, creative and varied it can be. It is timed to coincide with International Women in Engineering Day.

The workshops will consist of short, introductory, hands on sessions delivered by the University of Kent, about electricity generation. Participants will then have the opportunity to spend as long as they like designing, constructing and testing their own wind turbine with the help of friendly engineers from a wide range of different disciplines and at different stages in their careers. Vattenfall and London Array Wind Farm representatives will also be on hand to answer questions about Thanet’s offshore wind-farm, which is the largest in the world.

 Anyone can drop in for free on Saturday, without any need for booking.

The electricity workshops will take place on the hour, every hour, from 10am to 3pm (last show 3pm). The junk modelling activity is participant-led so suitable for all ages, and you can take as long as you like over it and test your turbine in a wind tunnel brought along by the University.

Get in touch via the Facebook Page, Discovery Planet Ramsgate, or call 07887614581

Armed Forces Day Parade

Ramsgate Royal Harbour, 2.15pm-3.30pm

Armed Forces Day Parade and Drum Head Service

  • Parade will form up and parade around one side of the harbour towards the obelisk in Harbour Parade
  • A short service will be led by the vicar and then a drumhead service will take place
  • The parade will then reform and march along Harbour Parade where the salute will be taken outside the Custom House.
  • The parade will then dismiss at the end of Harbour Parade

Breathing Corpses at Sarah Thorne theatre, Broadstairs

Breathing Corpses is on at the Sarah Thorne theatre, Broadstairs, June 24 at 7.30pm and June 25 at 3pm. Tickets cost £9 in advance or £11 on the door.

Call 01843 863701

Find out more here

Club Tropicana at the Winter Gardens

Get your Hawaiian shirts and your sunglasses out and dress up in your best beach fancy dress!

It’s time for Club Tropicana at Margate Winter Gardens.

Pirates, mermaids, hula girls and Barbie Girls are welcome too, in fact the wackier the better say organisers.

It will be a night of classic party hits from the 80s, 90s and 00s.

“Get Ready for this” it’s “Saturday night” so “Spice up your life” and get those tickets!

Club Tropicana, for those aged 18 and over, is on June 24 from 8pm until 1am, last entry at 11pm.

In advance £10
On the door £11
Booking fees – 50p per ticket in person/phone. £1.50 per ticket online

Click here to book

Craft Fair

June 24-25, 10am-4pm

Midas Leisure presents the Craft Fair at Quex in partnership with Jungle Jims.

Visit the Craft Village and enjoy the huge array of unique crafts & gifts and Local Kentish food & drink.

Entertainment from the fantastic Cadet Band, a beer tent, BBQ & refreshments, outdoor childrens play area and lots more.

Raising funds for Kent Air Ambulance

Tickets £1 per person

Rock Choir: Raise The Roof!

St Nicholas-at-Wade Church, The Street, 7pm

A charity concert of rock & pop hits with the ever-popular Rock Choir in this beautiful Norman church, to raise funds for its roof appeal.

Tickets £5

Seaside Shuffle Traditional Jazz Festival

Small Boat Owners Club 20 Guildford Lawn Ramsgate

Starts at noon

Steamboat Jazz Band

Tickets including buffet £12

St Peter’s Village Tour

St Peter’s Church, Hopeville Avenue, 9.30am

During the walking tour with your guide, you will meet many costumed characters from past centuries. You will see the flint built church and find out a little more about its long history. You will hear of conditions in the workhouse, the Newbolts breakfast concerts for hundreds of fashionable people, the tower used in the Napoleonic wars, famous (and infamous) local residents and our ancient seat of local government for the area.

The tour is conducted in groups of around ten and covers less than a mile of flat walking, but does involve standing for a number of 5 minute presentations. It includes a break for tea or coffee (although no break on evening tours, or wet weather tours). You are advised to allow two and a half hours for your tour. In very wet weather we provide an indoor alternative.

Access for visitors with disabilities. Children are very welcome on our tour. We would however, suggest a minimum age of 10 years to fully appreciate the experience. At the end of the tour you are invited to contribute towards our costs which average £4 per adult.

Strawberry Tea Concert With The Birchington Silver Band

St John’s Church, Victoria Road, Margate

Strawberry Tea Concert with The Birchington Silver Band on the grass bring your own chairs and blankets!

Gates open at 2pm

Concert 2.30pm to 3.45pm

Tea on the Terrace from 4pm

Raffle drawn at 4.45pm

Parking in New Life Church, Disabled parking only by West Door Area.

Tickets £5 (includes Tes)

Available from Centre Office 01843 224957 and Margaret Vickery

If wet concert in church and tea in centre


A Dream Come True

Margate Winter Gardens, 5pm

‘Silver Slipper Performing Arts School’ invites you to their first revue.

Showcasing some of Thanet’s best up and coming performers. Exploring all styles of dance, singing and acting there is something for everyone. Expect some Musical Theatre classics right down to Rock N Roll.

‘A Dream Come True’ is dedicated truly to our Pops (Miss Charlotte’s Grandad) who forever supported local talent.

A Local Production

Full Price £10
Concessions £8
Booking fees – 50p per ticket in person/phone. £1.50 per ticket online

Call 01843 292795 0r click here

Cliftonville Farmers Market & Classic Car Show

10am to 1pm, Oval Lawns, Eastern Esplanade

Cliftonville Farmers’ Market was established in 2001 by the Cliftonville Residents Association and is run entirely by volunteers.

Award winning farmers market where producers will be selling bread, cheese, honey, fruit, vegetables, wild game, fruit juices, fresh meat and much more

Also taking place is the annual classic car show

Invicta Concert Band

Broadstairs bandstand, Victoria Parade

Summer entertainment… 2.30pm until 4pm

Richard Digance

Theatre Royal, 7.30pm

This year, Richard Digance celebrates 50 years in the biz. So, since Margate is the place to be, the legendary, award winning performer is bringing his national tour to Theatre Royal Margate for a night of music and comedy on 25 June, 2017.

In 2017 Richard celebrates 50 years of performing by embarking on a special British Tour from February to June. 31 albums, 14 books, an audio book with Bill Bryson, 3 million YouTube hits, Gold Award from The British Academy of Composers and a BAFTA Nomination along the way. He will be supported by acoustic duo The Broadside Boys, embarking on their first tour, just like Richard did all those years ago.


Full Price £16, Concessions £14, FOMT £12
Booking fee applies: 50p per ticket holder in person/phone, £1.50 per ticket holder online

Call 01843 292795 or click here

Dreamland tea dance

A tea dance inspired by award-winning musical comedy-drama film La La Land is being held at Dreamland.

‘Another Day of Sun’ will feature  dance performances inspired by the film.

The Dreamland nod to the golden age of Hollywood and its unexpected return in the 2016 movie will include taster classes in dance steps to suit, accompanied with live music from the 78 RPM.

Hostess Tequila Slammer Anna and co-host Leon “Luscious” Williams will be joined by special guest dancing stars from Norwich and Brighton.

The Dreamland Tea Dance, which will be held in the Dreamland Ballroom, is a chance to dance up a storm to a wonderful mix of social dance music including Ballroom, Latin, Swing and Argentine Tango. All abilities welcome.

The tea dance will be held from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday, June 25.

Prices – online in advance

Tea Dance – £14.95
Tea Dance (Members) – £12.95
Tea Dance (OAPs) – £12.95

Tea Dance (Vegetarian Option) – £14.95
Tea Dance (Members – Vegetarian Option) – £12.95
Tea Dance (OAPs – Vegetarian Option) – £12.95

Tickets: https://shop.myonlinebooking.co.uk/dreamland/sessions.aspx?tid=1

The Walpole Bay Tidal Pool’s 80th Birthday Picnic

Photo Carole Adams

On the June 25th 1937 at 3:30pm the Walpole Bay Tidal Pool was officially declared open.
So to celebrate this magificent moment the Walpole Bay Swimmers are planning to hold an afternoon of community picnicking at the pool to wish it a Happy 80th Birthday.
Join in for a picnic at 2pm then perhaps a dip around 4.30pm to mark a special day for the pool, outdoor swimmers and Cliftonville residents.
Bring a picnic and save the date. Parking is limited near the pool as there is a one in one out accessible ramp down to Hodges Gap. Avoid coming by car-choose arriving by foot, bike or bus! There is a total dog ban on this beach from May 1st-September 1st so leave pooch at home.

Taking the Waters, Tom Thumb Theatre, Cliftonville

5pm, 6pm and 7pm

The debut screening of a new film ‘Taking the Waters’ about the Walpole Bay Tidal Pool is being shown this Sunday at 5,6&7pm at The Tom Thumb Theatre

Call 01843 221 791

At the Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Snatched (15)

Directed by Aki Kaurismäki, Starring Goldie Hawn, Amy Schumer and Joan Cusack

Friday 23 June / 7.30pm

Saturday 24 June / 8pm

Sunday 25 June / 7.30 pm

Monday 26 June / 6pm

Tuesday 27 June / 3pm, 6pm

Wednesday 28 June / 6pm

After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) persuades her ultra-cautious mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn) to travel with her to paradise. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda realize that working through their differences as mother and daughter – in unpredictable, hilarious fashion – is the only way to escape the wildly outrageous jungle adventure they have fallen into.

The Red Turtle (PG)

Directed by Michaël Dudok de Wit,

Saturday 24 June / 6pm

Tuesday 27 June / 8pm

Thursday 29 June / 7.30pm

Oscar-winner Michaël Dudok de Wit’s exquisite wordless animation for grown ups is the first time ever the legendary Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro) animation company has worked outside Japan and the results are simply stunning.

The Red Turtle tells the story of a man marooned on a desert island populated by turtles and crabs but devoid of any other human life. He tries desperately to escape until one day he meets a strange, giant red turtle and begins a battle of wits that will change his life.

Dudok de Wit mixes hand and computer-drawn animation throughout and the result is possibly the most beautiful animated film of all time, with imagery of the sea and the island’s flora and fauna brought vividly to life showing the awesome power of nature and our place as human beings within it. Daringly choosing no dialogue or voice-over, this is pure cinema dazzling our senses and provoking us to think about our place in the world, what it means to be human, our need for love and companionship. An unforgettable experience.